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Permanent scientific staff employed at agencies which sponsor an NRC Research Associateship Program are eligible to be Research Advisers. Prior to applying, prospective Research Advisers should read Applying to be a Research Adviser and Information for Research Advisers.

To become a new Research Adviser, you must establish an online account to complete an application.  

Under certain circumstances, non-federal employees may serve as Research Advisers if:

  1. They are working under long-term contract at the sponsoring agency.
  2. They meet all other criteria for Research Advisers.
If you are not a federal employee, you should so indicate in the Research Adviser application.

Additional information for new Research Advisers can be found in the following documents: 

  • The Application Process Flowchart provides an overview of the application and review processes for the NRC Research Associateship Programs.
  • The Award Process Flowchart provides an overview of the awards process from the time an Associate starts to their end of tenure.